Wildfire in Washington Township 85 percent contained amid expanded Red Flag Warning

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Wildfire in Burlington County, NJ 85% contained
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the fire had consumed 257 acres and was 85 percent contained. David Novarro and Brittany Bell have an update.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Burlington County (WABC) -- The latest wildfire to break out in New Jersey has grown to more than 250 acres and is burning through a section of Washington Township, Burlington County.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the fire had consumed 257 acres and was 85 percent contained.

Firefighters say the blaze is no longer threatening any structures, and no evacuation orders are in effect.

Route 542 is open, but Old Church Road and River Road remained closed.

A Red Flag Warning issued Tuesday afternoon by the National Weather Service has been expanded to include the entire state of New Jersey through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The warning means warm temperatures, very low humidity, and stronger winds have combined to produce an increased risk of wildfires.

READ MORE | What is a Red Flag Warning?

"Dry air, a little bit of a gusty wind, these are all criteria the Weather Service has for us to get into a fire watch or fire warning," Meteorologist Sam Champion said.

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service held a briefing Tuesday on the three major wildfires that ripped across parts of the state in the last week.

Crews have responded to 517 wildfires already this year compared to 373 in the same time period last year.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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